No. 15 Women’s Water Polo Splits on Second Day of Harvard Invite

Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
Photo by: Jeanie Wahl
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-  The No. 15 Harvard women's water polo team captured a 14-13 victory over No. 24 California Baptist, while being edged out by the No. 18 Princeton Tigers in overtime, 7-6. The Crimson moves to 10-1 overall and 1-1 in CWPA conference action.

Game 1 vs. No. 18 Princeton

In its second conference game of the year, Harvard fell to Princeton 7-6 in overtime fashion. Opening up the Crimson scoring drive, Grace Thawley tossed an it over the defender's heads for the only goal of the period. Seconds into the following period, the Tiger's Castellan tied the match up by converting a six-on-five. Harvard regained the lead with a score from Lana Gorlinski followed by another one from Thawley. 

Moving into the final half play tied at three, both sides exchanged goal after counter goal to enter the last eight minutes, 5-5. The Crimson's Kristen Hong found the back of the net before the Tigers found one of their own two minutes later. Each side presented a strong defense to force overtime play where the Crimson fell, 7-6. 

Game 2 vs. No. 24 California Baptist

Rebounding back from its morning match, the Crimson ended the day with a victory over west coast opponent, California Baptist, 14-13. Continuing to open up scoring play, first-year Grace Thawley began the offensive attack against the Lancers after firing a shot to the back of the net. Shortly thereafter, the Crimson collected back-to-back goals from Olivia Price and Gorlinski. Throughout the remainder of the half, the Lancers worked their way back to a two-goal deficit, trailing the Crimson 9-7.

In the third period, Hong gave the Crimson a commanding three goals for a two- goal lead going into the final eight minutes of play. Hong continued her offensive attack with a final Crimson goal before goal tender Sam Acker snatched the ball from the Lancers on two occasions to seal the win.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Sam Acker collected 22 saves on the days with four steals and two assists.
  • Leading the charge for the Crimson against CBU, Kristen Hong tallied five goals, four assists and one steal.
  •  First-year Grace Thawley recorded four goals and 10 designated kick outs on the day. 

On Tap
Concluding the 2019 Harvard Invite, the Crimson finishes weekend play with a morning match with No. 11 UC Davis at 9:15 a.m. followed by a 2:15 contest against No. 24 Bucknell.